Blast Kills Dozens in Pakistan

Taliban suspected after bomb rips through Peshawar market
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2009 5:44 AM CDT
A car bomb exploded along a road near a well-known market in Peshawar, Pakistan, today, underscoring militants' ability to strike in major cities despite US-backed military offensives.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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(Newser) – A car bomb exploded today in a crowded bazaar in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's troubled North West Frontier Province, leaving at least 41 people dead and more than 100 injured. Many of the victims were in a passing bus that was reduced to a charred frame. Officials were uncertain whether the bomb was remote-controlled or triggered by a suicide bomber. The Taliban, bombarded by air forces in its tribal area stronghold, recently threatened attacks.